When we look at and read 1 John 2:16-17 “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that does the will of God abides forever.” We were taught to read the entire chapter from which the scripture was taken from so that we might interpret the scripture properly.
But although this is true, there is a mystery we need to understand if we are going to understand the bible and what it’s communicating. We will need to understand the theme of the bible which speaks of a world that is perishing.
Then for us to truly become practical about how we live our lives and serve God, and that we might make sound choices to either walk with God, or deny him, we need to understand why we are perishing so that we might do something and avoid falling with the world.
Let us not forget, the bible said, the world and its lust are passing away, the world will one day fail to exist, but what does that mean and how will that take place?
Now, it seems impossible, things just don’t seem as if they are going to change. However, if we understand the mind of our ancestors and why they leave behind this message, and why the prophets warned us of a coming judgment, we will see clearly that the world will one day pass away.
But let us now look and what the scripture meant to say or meant for us to understand when it speaks of the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of the world. Because it is important, we understand what they are for us to avoid them.
And the scripture we will use to explain what we are to understand about the lust of the world can be found in Matthew 5:3 and through this scripture, we will now show you how these three statements, the lust of the flesh, the eyes, and the pride of life are one and the same thing in meaning.
Matthew 5:3 reads, “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” And reading this verse we have come to understand many things, and the main thing we were educated on was that if we humble ourselves, we can inherit the kingdom of God.
However, no one dares to explain what the bible meant when it speaks of being poor in the spirit, and in light of that question, there is one more thing concerning the message found in Matthew 5:3, we need to understand because there are three subjects to be dealt with in this one verse, and they are these: God’s blessing, the kingdom of God, and repentance?
It may seem strange at the moment, but Matthew 5:3 is woven in with 1 John 2:16-17, and this is how they are connected as one message, and again it is because they are dealing with the same problem, human perishing and God’s desire to save us all.
In light of the passing world, Matthew 5:3 is presenting the world with God’s offer which is the blessing of God, God is offering the world something tangible, and if the world is willing, it can have this offer that will save it from God’s wrath against it.
The blessing of God and the offer of God is the kingdom of God, the very reason the world and its lust are passing away. Because sometime in the future, God will replace this world with his kingdom. And because the kingdom of God will replace and uproot the remnant of this world, the man repents of his sins and to turn from his pride will inherit the coming kingdom of God.
So, in light of this revelation, “Why are we choosing to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord, king, and savior?” This is a very important question because we need to know why so, that we might soundly follow Jesus even in death and not give up when the world presses down on us.
Because if we are not aware of the theme and message of the bible, the theme that speaks of God coming to save a perishing world. We might turn away from what we say we believe in, and in whom we say believe because we simply didn’t understand what the bible meant when it speaks of God’s kingdom, his blessing, and how to obtain God’s blessing.
Certainly, there is nothing good are blessed about being poor, but so that we might understand. The kingdom of God is coming, and to be poor in this world because we are not identified with it, and because we are bankrupt and poor because of sin, and have come to repentance. We are blessed because upon the establishment of God’s coming kingdom we will inherit his everlasting life.